Veteran Story: Eric Bardsley

We are pleased to feature Eric Bardsley’s story this week. Author of ‘Barbed Wire & Balkans’, Eric was a member of The Brotherhood and regularly attended the UK services. He was a PoW in Wolfsberg and participated in the 2013 Wolfsberg trip. As the only ex PoW and oldest member of the group that weekend, Eric was very warmly welcomed. At the Mayor’s Reception on the Friday night, Eric delivered a speech in German and received a standing ovation. 

A note from our Archive: Eric ‘declined’ to make the march north to the Markt Pongau – Salzberg area as the Russians approached eastern Austria in March 1945.  He and some others stayed hidden in the countryside around Friedberg until it was liberated by the Russians.  He eventually made his way home via Odessa on the Black Sea coast. 

Please click on the link below and scroll down to STORY where you will be able to read about Eric’s experiences.  

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